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  • White Nationalism in Trump's America and its increasing ties with the European far right.

    A deep dive into white nationalism in the U.S. and its increasing ties with the far right in Europe.
  • The Brexit Short

    How powerful financiers exploited democracy for profit, buying inside information to reap fortunes as Europe’s biggest vote in years sparked a record crash.
  • Special pardon and PyeongChang...Samsung's Secret Deal

    139 emails shared between Samsung chief executives are exclusively collected, and the first coverage of the fact of Samsung's illegal lobbying in order to host the PyeongChang Olympics was made for the first time both nationally and internationally. The detailed basis of the special pardoning of Chairman Lee Kun-hee was also revealed, exposing the alliance of the government and businesses. The corruption cases of the IOC members that had wielded immense power were also released. Coverage was made on site in Europe and Africa for higher quality.
  • Deutsche Welle: Why few visas are issued for Africans wanting to come to Germany

    Following the refugee crisis that had many people dying on the dangerous journey to Europe, politicians promised to create more legal pathways to the bloc. These legal pathways could come in form of long-term visas. With Germany being one of the prime destinations for asylum-seekers, we evaluated how promising applications from different regions are.
  • Deutsche Welle: Follow the money: What are the EU's migration policy priorities?

    In context of the refugee crisis, the European Union set up various measures to counteract and prevent people from dying on the dangerous journey to Europe. In order to contextualize policy decisions, our analysis focuses on the EU trust fund for Africa that's meant to prevent the root causes of migration as well as on the resettlement programs that are meant to provide legal and safe pathways to Europe.
  • Der Spiegel/EIC: Football Leaks

    This is a cross-border investigation into how the secret deals of club officials, leading associations, agents, investors and players have corrupted the most popular sport in the world. Recent work was undertaken by the network European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) and its partners, which has brought together 15 media and almost 80 journalists from 13 countries, publishing 350 stories in 11 languages across Europe.
  • The Profiteers

    The tale of the Bechtel family dynasty is a classic American business story. It begins with Warren A. “Dad” Bechtel, who led a consortium that constructed the Hoover Dam. From that auspicious start, the family and its eponymous company would go on to “build the world,” from the construction of airports in Hong Kong and Doha, to pipelines and tunnels in Alaska and Europe, to mining and energy operations around the globe. Today Bechtel is one of the largest privately held corporations in the world, enriched and empowered by a long history of government contracts and the privatization of public works, made possible by an unprecedented revolving door between its San Francisco headquarters and Washington. Bechtel executives John McCone, Caspar Weinberger, and George P. Shultz segued from leadership at the company to positions as Director of the CIA, Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of State, respectively. Like all stories of empire building, the rise of Bechtel presents a complex and riveting narrative. In The Profiteers, Sally Denton, whom The New York Times called “a wonderful writer,” exposes Bechtel’s secret world and one of the biggest business and political stories of our time.
  • Terror in Europe

    An in-depth investigation of the terror campaign that overwhelmed the defenses of Europe in 2015 and 2016. The documentary and companion article told the story of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the November 2015 attacks on Paris, and the bombings in Brussels in March, 2016, with a focus on the longtime structural flaws in Europe’s counter-terror defenses – problems that were well-known but repeatedly ignored. Our investigation found that many of these problems persist even after the attacks. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/terror-in-europe/
  • The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich & Powerful Hide Their Money

    Late one evening, investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer receives an anonymous message offering him access to secret data. Through encrypted channels, he then receives documents revealing how the president of Argentina has sequestered millions of dollars of state money for private use. This is just the beginning. Obermayer and fellow Süddeutsche journalist Frederik Obermaier find themselves immersed in the secret world where complex networks of letterbox companies help the super-rich to hide their money. Faced with the contents of the largest data leak in history, they activate an international network of journalists to follow every possible line of inquiry. Operating in the strictest secrecy for over a year, they uncover cases involving European prime ministers and international dictators, emirs and kings, celebrities and aristocrats. The real-life thriller behind the story of the century, The Panama Papers is an intense, unputdownable account that proves, once and for all, that there exists a small elite living by a different set of rules and blows their secret world wide open.
  • Buried without a name - The untold story of Europe’s drowned migrants

    This project sought to quantify the number of migrants who had died travelling to Europe between 2014 and May 2016 and who had then been buried in an unmarked grave, with no one able to identify them.